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The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced it will begin a new anti-doping policy for top surfers, according to The Orange County Register. The move is an attempt to elevate surfing to a more professional level, the article notes.

ASP surfers played a crucial role in initiating the policy, and support it fully, the newspaper reports. “As the sport of surfing continues to grow its audience every year, so grow the responsibilities of our athletes,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, the ASP Women’s World Tour Manager, said in a news release. “The activation of the ASP’s Anti-Doping Policy is a logical step in the organization’s continued pursuit of professionalism and has the full support of the women.”

Kieren Perrow, an ASP Top 34 competitor and surfers’ representative, said the new policy “is a positive step which enhances the professionalism of competitive surfing and sends a great message to the kids out there who look up to us as role models.”

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